When a commercial driver operates a large tractor-trailer carelessly, the results are often tragic for others on the road. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a truck crash in New York, the diligent Queens truck accident lawyers at The Cassisi Law Firm are ready to help you explore whether you should file a claim.
We can devise a strategy tailored to your specific case aimed at enhancing your chances of securing compensation.
Call The Cassisi Law Firm at 718-441-5050 or contact us online for a free consultation. We do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation for you.
In 2012, there were over 294,000 vehicle crashes in New York, resulting in 1,163 fatalities and over 169,000 injuries. Trucks can be up to 20 times the weight of a passenger vehicle, so a collision can be devastating to the smaller vehicle’s occupants.
Accident data compiled by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles showed that the top five factors leading to large tractor-trailer crashes were related to human error and included:
- Driver inattention, fatigue, or distraction
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Unsafe lane changing
- Unsafe or improper passing
- Following too closely
Other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Unsafe or unlawful passing
- Hours-of-service violations
- Trucking industry regulation violations
- Overloaded/improperly loaded cargo
- Defective trucks/truck parts
- Poor weather conditions
- Defective roadways or traffic control signals
- Third-party negligence, including other negligent motorists on the road
If you believe you were injured or your loved one was killed due to the negligence of another person or party, get in touch with our team today to learn more about filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our Queens truck accident lawyers are well-versed in federal and state trucking regulations, negligence law, and catastrophic injury litigation. Our team of Queens truck accident lawyers are ready to fight tirelessly for you and your recovery, even if that means taking your case to trial.
When a crash happens, an injured person should consider filing a negligence lawsuit.
This can lead to compensation for the victim’s harm if four key elements can be shown:
- Breach of duty
Like anyone else on the road, truck drivers must operate their vehicles with reasonable care. Companies and drivers also must obey regulations designed to ensure the safety of those around them. Failing to comply with traffic rules or industry regulations might be considered a breach of the duty of care.
If a victim can link careless conduct, such as driver fatigue or unsafe lane changes, to their injuries, many types of damages may be available.
Damages in a truck accident claim may include (but are not limited to):
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to a vehicle
- Lost earning capacity
- Future medical costs and lost earnings
When someone dies in a truck accident that results from negligence, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death claim and recover damages on behalf of certain surviving family members and loved ones.
Damages in a wrongful death case may include:
- Medical expenses associated with the deceased’s final treatment and care
- Conscious pain and suffering endured by the deceased before death
- Funeral/burial costs
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- The value of household/childcare services provided by the deceased
- Loss of love, companionship, consortium, support, and guidance
Lawsuits against trucking companies can get complicated. The Queens truck accident lawyers at The Cassisi Law Firm are dedicated to holding commercial drivers and their employers responsible when their carelessness harms innocent victims.
We answer calls 24/7 and can come to you if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, and Italian to better serve clients within our community. Make sure to check out our client testimonials as well as our case results to see what everyone is saying.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck crash, contact us at 718-441-5050 or use our online form to set up a free, confidential consultation.